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I do believe that this was in his head at the time, and probably became CV among his inner circle that it was basically all Mets who were doing the community work, with the Yankees getting all the credit. It's kind of funny that this was his thought process.
Shea Stadium was used as a staging area for 9/11 recovery efforts, and the Mets had that pretty much to themselves, but Valentine had to be aware that Yankees visited hospitals, firehouses & ground zero - it was well-publicized at the time. Even if Valentine was so wrapped up in his own efforts he somehow missed everyone else's, he had plenty of time to correct his misstatements. Can't believe he wasn't made aware of his error, so it seems like a sound business decision to utilize less alienating commentators.
More likely that the Yankees only seemed to be getting more credit because they had the October/November spotlight that year, and that hurt BV's feelings.
That being said, does the idea that the Yankees got more attention for being the Yankees really stretch anyone's credibility?
“You couldn’t find a Yankee on the streets of New York City,’’ Valentine said on WFAN radio. “You couldn’t find a Yankee down at Ground Zero, talking to the guys who were working 24/7.”
they were doing things but simply got more attention than the Mets who were also doing things.
I don't even remember it this way. I've always recalled the Mets getting the lion's share of attention for their post-9/11 activities up until the post-season when of course everyone was following the Yankees.
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